The Engleberg-Korman Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable foundation named after N. Norman Engleberg and Milton D. Korman, Past Grand Masters who were also Past Masters of Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Lodge #45.
In 1992-1993, in a discussion with a then-new member, David Torchinsky (WM for the 2010 Masonic year), WB William "Billy" Boker raised the issue of meeting I.R.S. standards for donations to the lodge. Together, they proceeded to establish a non-profit, tax-exempt I.R.S.-compliant entity. Bros. Torchinsky & Boker completed the ream of paperwork, filed for legal status, and officially formed the Engleberg-Korman Charitable Foundation, Inc. in 1995. We became a separate entity of the Lodge to comply with I.R.S. regulations and to follow them completely.
We were very fortunate to receive a large grant from the Cohen Family Foundation. P.M. Milton Fields made the bequest in memory of his wife, whose father, Isidore Cohen, was the founder of Giant Food. Bro. Alvin Morgenstein, a family member, administered the fund after the passing of P.M. Fields and made two more contribution to the fund.
Since that time, we have raised money primarily by selling cards to members of the Lodge, though we have had other fundraisers in the past. These cards can be used to commemorate happy occasions or in memory of lost ones. Our card is simple but dignified. Contact WB Michael Greenwald to have cards sent to the recipient or you can get them and send them out yourself. He will gladly answer any and all questions.
At this time, the Lodge is also raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure through the sale of pins denoting Masonic Breast Cancer Awareness. Please contact WB Joshua Rubin for more information.
Who has benefited from the Fund? Since its inception, various charities have been recipients of the Fund's monies: The National Children's Center, Red Cross International, Children's Inn at NIH, Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), Crohn's Colitis Foundation, and Alzheimer's Association. We have also given money to specific people in need who have met IRS requirements.
Contact WB Michael Greenwald if you have questions about this program.
Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Lodge #45